Professional studies 3a
date: 23 February 2014
Name : swazi Nontobeko
What is a MOOC?
The history of MOOC
The purpose of MOOCS
The Role of MOOC in education system
The advantages and disadvantages of
Differences between cMOOC and
A MOOC is a massively open
online class – a class that is
free, has a huge following, and
includes all of the components
you need to learn away from the
traditional classroom. MOOCs
usually have strong communities
and connect learners with
instructors that can help them
master the content. MOOCs also
provide more than just a course
syllabus or a few lecture notes.
Instead they provide
activities, quizzes, or projects for
learners to engage with the
What is a mooc?
MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
It is an online course aimed at large amount participation and
open free access to internet
They are similar to university courses , but do not tend to offer
MOOCS provide interactive user that assist to build a
community for students, professors and teaching assistance.
It is a program of learning offered by a university open via
internet to users world wide, its free of charge
MOOCS may include teaching materials such as videos , set
reading , problem to solve and forum
are self-directed, meaning you follow the course
materials, complete the readings and assessments, and get
help from a large community of fellow learners through online
The history of MOOCS
first generation was still far from
reaching massive numbers of
students like MOOCs are doing
today. Correspondence study only
predominated until the arrival of
electronic media, which lead to
popularization of radio and
television as educational tools in the
20th century. Teachers and learners
from all parts of the world took
advantage of the new technology.
Those who did not have access to
formal learning could watch or listen
to classes for free, wherever they
were. The content was adapted to
reach different types of
audiences, and even students in
remote areas could have
knowledge in academic subjects.
The purpose of the moocs The purpose of MOOCS is to
increase access to higher
To reduce cost and give a boost
to teaching and learning
MOOCS makes learning occurs at
times and locations that best suit
MOOCS make participants
interact with other people with a
shared interest and are exposed
to a diverse range of perspectives
and ideas that can stimulate
reflection and further interest in a
MOOCs are often based on part
of an existing degree course, by
giving students an opportunity to
sample the experience of studying
at prestigious institutions like MIT
The role of moocs in education
Moocs play role in open and online
It play the role in open sharing of the
context, tools and technologies.
They are seen as the base for
transformation of our secondary and
higher education system.
MOOCS allow students to complete
full course of study in non-traditional
format, particularly with international
students , which have made part of
the student body.
They are situated in the long history
of university extension, open
education and widening.
ADVANTAGES OF moocs
MOOCs offer the entire learning community equal rights
People can choose from the wide-ranging of programs
and enrol for the course of their choice from the
convenience of their homes without spending a dime.
Although students study independently in these
courses, they at the same time collaborate with their
peers from different parts of the world.
MOOCs are a benefit for people who have faced
obstacles in pursuing education due to lack of funds, no
proper opportunities, un-accessible geographical
Pedagogically, MOOCs are designed to be extremely
It uses all the interactive media available on the internet
to engage students, the various tools such as
blogs, videos, podcasts and forums that are embedded
into the programs seamlessly.
These tools collaborate learners and help them solve
real world problems rather than discussing hypothetical
Disadvantages of MOOCS
In MOOCs, the teachers and professors deal
with a huge audience, as a result, they are
unable to give active feedbacks for
assignments and tests to the students.
At times if the professor taking the course
teaches it in an uninteresting way or the
students find the classes boring, there is
absolutely no way one can interact with the
faculty to give feedback.
There is no way teachers can interact
directly with students and engage them.
Only students with a lot stubbornness and
self-discipline can complete these
courses, students who are unable to
manage their time often drop out of these
These courses can be coupled with
certificates and badges as an
encouragement for completing the
course, however one cannot ensure
whether the student will complete the
course or not.
Differences between CMOOCS AND XMOOCS
cMOOCs are courses, based more
closely on the original connectivist
distributed to peer learning model.
They are typically developed and
led by academics through open
source web platforms.
Typically, xMOOC design is used
on the large MOOC platforms and
is based on a format of minimal,
asynchronous support, with a
subject expert recording content
and planning assessment for
example multiple choice quizzes,
programming assignments or peer-
review exercises for the student
cohort to ingest at a time of their
My field of interest
My area of interest in education is life sciences. Therefore I am going
to enrol in MOOCs, broaden my perspective on the topic through
the use of technology, and enhance my understanding of the
The only thing to consider is the additional time and devotion
needed to research the available courses that can help me and my
learners to further our information.
My only limitation is based on my time; I could sit in front of a
computer in the cosy of my personal office and visit all the activities
and assessment all in the same weekend to see where my students
went wrong. Information about moocs is everywhere at no price
that can’t be access by any students . MOOCs are free, at least to
the student. A student must have self-discipline to succeed in a
Topics I would like to pursue in my future MOOC experience
In order for me to
improve my skills In
prefer to choose
because learners will
be able to explore